Rwanda to Name 24 Baby Gorillas Today

Musanze, stomach Rwanda:

Preparations are underway in Rwanda for the 11th Kwita Izina where 24 baby gorillas will be named in a ceremony to be held in Kinigi, recipe Musanze in North Rwanda today Saturday.

This year’s gorilla naming ceremony will be presided over by Rwandan President, this Paul Kagame.

Rwanda is known to be the best mountain gorilla destination in the world apart from its neighbouring countries DR Congo and Uganda.

By 2010 when it held its last gorilla census, Rwanda had 480 gorillas and more than 100 new babies have since been named.

A number of activities leading up to the event were held this week to create awareness on tourism and conservation.

Among them were; community service ‘Umuganda’, community tourism, a conservation conference, a photo exhibition and launching a community project at Bisate Primary School.

The Kwita Izina has over the years been used to encourage conservation of these endangered species by the communities around their habitat.


It’s worth noting that the annual ceremony has also played significant role in marketing Rwanda’s tourism and drawing in foreign visitors.

Gorillas remain the biggest foreign exchange earner for Rwanda which is why government through Rwanda Development Board (RDB) has endeavoured to invest in marketing the product.

According to our reporter who was in Kinigi on Friday, hundreds of foreign tourists have already set foot in Rwanda ahead of the event.

Many of these tourists this week participated in gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park, famous for these human like mammals.

Government has taken interventions to involve communities in conservation of gorillas by establishing projects focused on providing basic services as well as generating income.

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